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Hello Members and Fellow Art Lovers

Our First Lecture of 2024 was a hugh success.

So much so that we have invited  Steve King to return to give another talk on other songs and the words behind the songs.

For a review and pictures click here.

Our 2023/24 SEASON

Untouchable Art: The Rise of the NFT and Speculation in the Art Market

An illustrated lecture by
Viv Lawes

Wednesday 21st February 2024 at 7.30pm
At the Garrison Library

This lecture is for anyone who feels baffled or simply fascinated by the fact that a work of art that doesn’t exist in any tangible way can make mega-bucks on the art market. How did we get here? How can something be a work of art when it only exists in cyber-space? The history of high-risk speculation on the art market is a relatively recent phenomenon, driven by the potential profits to be made from investment in contemporary art. But speculation has a long history in the evolution of culture and in the concept of social status, and art as a luxury good has always loomed large in this history.    To understand why anyone would want to buy an NFT we need to delve into the art market, its actors, institutions and sectors, and how they all play together in the formation of taste, perceived value and consumption. As Oscar Wilde said cryptically, “All art is quite useless” – so why is it so valuable?  

Vivienne is an art historian, curator, author and journalist with over 25 years’ experience in the art market. Vivienne is a teacher at several Higher Education institutions, including the University of the Arts London, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, the City & Guilds of London Art School, SOAS (University of London) and Imperial College. In January 2021 Vivienne received the Geoffrey Bond Bursary for Art, an annual prize awarded by the Worshipful Company of Educators to an “outstanding educator” nominated by their institution. Her articles, essays and reports have been published in numerous specialist journals, newspapers, catalogues, handbooks and websites, aimed at both the academic and general readership in print and online. Since 2011 Vivienne has been Senior UK Consultant to Singapore gallery One East Asia and has co-curated many exhibitions of Southeast Asian modern and contemporary art in London and Singapore. She is also Head of Education for the London Asian and African Contemporary Art Fair (founded 2020) and when time allows lectures as an on-board art historian for cruise lines.

This talk is very kindly sponsored by Sovereign and Sovereign Insurance Services

As usual we will be open from 6.30pm for registration.  Wine and soft drinks will be available and you can socialise with other members and guests before the talk.  

 Following the lecture some of the committee members and the lecturer will be going for a bite to eat at a local restaurant.  If you would like to join us please send an email to elliespain49@gmail.comadvising accordingly.

 Non-Members who wish to enjoy the lecture can pay £15 at the Garrison Library Door on entry or can pay £15 to the below account and advise us accordingly. 

Bank details: Gibraltar International Bank

The Arts Society Gibraltar 14190001

 Sort Code 60-83-14/SWIFT GIBK GIG

Untouchable Art: The Rise of the NFT and Speculation in the Art Market

Date:21 February 2024

Time: 6.30 registration and drinks
7.30pm lecture

Venue: The Garrison Library